Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, said the N2.6 billion Asari Water Scheme in Wamakko local government area of the state will be completed by June 2013.
Speaking while inspecting the project in Sokoto Friday, Wamakko stated that government was determined to complete the second phase of the water scheme at the confluence of Sokoto and Rima Rivers in Wamakko local government council.
He explained that the project when completed would provide additional 20 million gallons of water daily to the Sokoto metropolis and its environs.
According to him, the initiative was part of government's efforts to tackle the problem of water shortage in the state capital.
"The Asari Water Scheme was part of our efforts to ensure sufficient water supply to Sokoto metropolis and its environs with a view to bringing an end to water scarcity.
"Thus, we had invested funds in the rehabilitation and overhauling of the existing machineries to improve the production capacity that will meet the current demand," Wamakko said.
He emphasized that contractors had already gone far in the execution of the water project.
Wamakko pointed out that in addition to this, five village water schemes would be upgraded to semi water scheme at Lambar Tureta, MammanSuka, Yarbulutu, Alkammu and Kasarawa.
He disclosed that four new water schemes would be constructed at Darhela, Ambarura, Chacho and Gebe communities.
The governor stressed that the rehabilitation of seven existing semi urban water schemes would be carried out in Karfensarki, Sakkwai, Ruwawuri, Likkingo, Merachi, Kamarawa and Kyadawa villages.
He added that government spent N500 million for the provision of water chemicals in the state.
Wamakko assured that his administration was determined to bring an end to problem of water scarcity in the state capital in 2013.